Willis Elmer Thomas

Male15 May 1905–26 September 1988

Brief Life History of Willis Elmer

When Willis Elmer Thomas was born on 15 May 1905, in Missouri, United States, his father, Noble Robert Jesse Thomas, was 34 and his mother, Oda Lenora Smith, was 35. He married Florence Mae Cook on 3 August 1925, in Cass, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Creighton, Cass, Missouri, United States in 1935 and Bogard Township, Henry, Missouri, United States in 1940. He died on 26 September 1988, in Missouri, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Creighton, Cass, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Willis Elmer Thomas
1905–1988
Florence Mae Cook
1908–1988
Marriage: 3 August 1925
Delbert W. Thomas
1926–1997
Nellie Mae Thomas
1930–2014

Sources (11)

  • Willis M Thomas, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Willis Thomas, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"
  • Willis Elmer Thomas, "Missouri, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 August 1925Cass, Missouri, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)

    1906 · Saving Food Labels

    Age 1

    The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

    1906 · Licencing Butchers

    Age 1

    A law that makes it a crime to misbrand meat being sold as food, and ensures that the meat is slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions.

    1927

    Age 22

    Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

    Name Meaning

    English, French, Walloon, Breton, German, Dutch, Flemish, Danish, Greek, West Indian (mainly Haiti and Jamaica), and African (mainly Tanzania and Nigeria): from the personal name Thomas, of Biblical (New Testament) origin, from Aramaic t’ōm’a, a byname meaning ‘twin’. It was borne by one of the disciples of Christ, known for his scepticism about Christ's resurrection (John 20:24–29). The Th- spelling is organic, the initial letter of the name in the Greek New Testament being a theta. The English pronunciation as t rather than th- is the result of French influence from an early date. In Britain, the surname is widely distributed throughout the country, but especially common in Wales and Cornwall. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed many cognates from other languages (e.g. Assyrian/Chaldean or Arabic Toma and Tuma , Albanian Toma and Thoma , and Slavic surnames listed in 3 below), and their patronymics and other derivatives (e.g. Polish Tomaszewski and Slovenian Tomažič; see Tomazic ). In France, this surname is most common in the Vosges and Brittany. The name Thomas is also found among Christians in southern India (compare Machan , Mammen , and Oommen ), but since South Indians traditionally do not have hereditary surnames, the southern Indian name was in most cases registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. This surname is also very common among African Americans.

    Native American (e.g. Navajo): adoption of the English personal name Thomas (see 1 above) as a surname.

    Germanized or Americanized form of Polish Tomas , Tomasz, and Tomaś, Sorbian Tomaš (see also 4 below), Croatian Tomaš and Tomas , Slovenian Tomaš and Tomaž, Czech and Slovak Tomáš, all meaning ‘Thomas’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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